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Texas Fertilizer Plant Where Massive Explosion Happened Fined $118,300 For Workplace Violations

West Fertilizer Co. is being fined for 24 workplace violations after the April 17 explosion, which began as a fire.

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Boxer says the plant failed to train and license forklift operators, didn’t pressure test replacement hoses on chemical tanks, had inadequate relief valves, did not have an emergency response plan or required fire extinguishers.

From The Dallas Morning News:

"Then you can store it in a wooden warehouse with no sprinkler system, a few hundred feet from a middle school. That's what happened in the Central Texas farming town of West, where an explosion destroyed nearby schools, houses and a nursing home. The blast killed 15 people, including 12 first responders. Several hundred more suffered injuries, some as severe as broken bones, ruptured organs and blindness."

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